A healing spot… with a zero magnetic field?!

Zero jiba (ゼロ磁場  ぜろじば) is a small little area up in the mountains of Ina city in the Nagano prefecture.  It is famous for it’s sitting area where many people come to sit, relax and heal their bodies through the effects of the zero magnetic field that surrounds the area. It has become known as a famous healing spot and many people all over Japan come to it in hopes to heal all sorts of ailments.

There is a lot of beautiful scenery on the drive up.

To access the area you have to drive up the mountain a ways and then park your car in the free parking lot and buy a bus ticket for something like 400 yen to go the rest of the way.  Once you get off the bus, it’s just a short walk to the main resting area where you can sit down close your eyes and allow your body to cleanse.

The main sitting area

Although a lot of people say they get refreshed and feel a powerful sensation overcome their bodies, I got a slight headache and just felt awkward.  But who knows, maybe that’s part of the healing process right.

My Japanese friend said she came with a hurt hand and after her hand felt better.  She even said that her and her sister met a Japanese healer, who said he drew energy from the tree roots and it helped his healing powers…..

The power spot itself is actually not that big, you could see it all in under 20 minutes if you don’t want to sit down and let the cosmic energy heal your body.  A slight hike up the mountain a bit leads you too a cute little creek with a tiny waterfall but nothing else much.  I saw a map and thought that there was more hiking (maybe there is and I missed it), but with no English maps, signs, or pamphlets, I decided to just follow two Japanese people who were hiking ahead of me.

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Walking up a path of nothingness

One of the two men was carrying what looked a tool box and they were not dressed in hiking wear.  I thought it was a bit strange but continued to follow them since it was a path and the scenery looked beautiful.

Eventually the path turned into a road, and I started to feel like something was not right.  So I stopped the men and asked them about the area and if this path leads to any other sites.  They told me they didn’t really know but the path goes on for some ways, they then stopped at some kind of service area which had a breaker box like thing on a large pole….they were repair men.

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There was a path with car tracks but the path never lead to anything

Anyways I decided to continue down the path and walk for 30 mins and if nothing return back.  I had to be back and catch my bus in an hour after all.  So I said goodbye and they told me “good luck, be careful of bears”.  And after I turned around a bit shocked they smiled and waved.

view from up the mountain

I then started walking up the mountain path more, kinda freaked about the thought of bears and the fact that if I encountered one that there was no one or anything human made around me  to help.  But I wanted to see something more so I kept going.  After 30 mins and some nice scenery, I hit a dead end with a sign saying no entry beyond this point.  The sign was made for cars, and it looked like there was more ahead, but I decided to give up and walk home.   I was out of batteries for my phone and had nothing left to drink and was getting dehydrated.

 

I got back with 10 mins to spare and the bus driver was walking up the path.  He said he was waiting and that I should run back.  I ran back and got in the bus and talked to some of the people waiting…everything was fine.

The bus driver then slowly walked back, finished his cigarette, climbed in and told me about how the bus leaves at 4:00 and how lucky I am to make it on time.  Luckily for me another passenger interrupted and said “there is still 5 minutes left…”  I then just smiled and said “thank you.”

Bus drivers seem to be dicks in Japan, rarely do you meet a friendly one.  But at least they don’t drive off without you.